Ecumenism: Birth of a Church

To a fanfare of trumpets, 99 bishops —90 representing the Methodist Church and nine from the Evangelical United Brethren—paraded into Dallas' Memorial Auditorium, followed by acolytes and delegates from the 52 countries where the two denominations have worked. Then Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of New York City, representing the Methodist Church, and E.U.B. Bishop Reuben H. Mueller of Indianapolis clasped hands across a table and pronounced a declaration of unity. Massed in the hall, 10,000 members of the two denominations followed suit, joining hands and reciting in unison: "Lord of the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!